2016 Book #104 – The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

51ydafazecl-_sx303_bo1204203200_Title: The Legendary Lord
Author: Valerie Bowman
Date finished: 11/3/16
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Pages in book: 320
Stand alone or series: Playful Brides series #6
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…
When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…
As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?
The Legendary Lord is the sixth installment of Valerie Bowman’s Regency-set Playful Brides series.

My rating:  3.25 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. Also make sure to check out my Blog Tour post on this book here. This book is about a Miss Sarah Highgate, daughter of an Earl, and a Mister Christian Berkeley, a viscount. Sarah has been raised to be obedient but she somehow retains a rebellious nature, and so when her parents arrange for her to marry the Marquess of Branford, Sarah runs away. Aiming for her father’s hunting lodge in Scotland, she gets lost but makes it to a neighboring lodge (Christian’s) before a big now storm hits. Stuck together for a few days during the storm, Sarah and Christian develop a comfortable friendship (tinged with their underlying passion) over the course of these few days. Christian promises to keep Sarah’s secret and in return Sarah gives Christian a few tips on how to court women of the ton so he can find a wife. Upon returning to London, Sarah resolves to marry Branford and Christian becomes the most sought out/eligible bachelor of the season. Only problem is that Sarah can’t stop thinking about Christian, and Christian can’t stop wishing all the women he had interested in him were Sarah instead.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and was a sweet story. This was the sixth book in the series and I would be interested to read some of the other books in the series, especially since many of those characters were mentioned in this story. The story line for this book was sweet and reminded me a bit of those back-in-the-day romantic comedy movies I used to watch. Unfortunately there were a few holes in the story for me, the main one being how the ending was resolved. Without giving too much away Christian basically pulls a dick move without talking to Sarah and basically forces her hand. I didn’t care for that, I thought it was a little heavy-handed. Also there were a couple passionate scenes later on in the book and for me they kind of came out of nowhere. I hadn’t felt like there was lot of overwhelming passion from the characters before that point. I still really liked the book and the story, it was just a couple parts felt off for me. Very sweet story though and a quick read, I would recommend!

The bottom line: I really enjoyed this book, it was a sweet story and I liked the characters and the characters that made an appearance from the other books in the series.

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2016 Book #103 – Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

512vpzth6vl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Melody’s Key
Author: Dallas Coryell
Date finished: 11/1/16
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 17, 2016
Pages in book: 338
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: Author/Publisher NOTE: I received this book for free from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.” Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

My rating:  3.0 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Tegan Lockwood, a young woman who is still recovering from traumatic wounds inflicted on her by her last boyfriend years ago. She grew up working in her family’s home, always feeling looked down on by the other people who lived in the town, who were for the most part wealthy estate owners. Tegan’s family can’t afford to lose her as a worker, never mind the costs of getting her to the US, so when Tegan is offered a scholarship to Columbia for winning an art contest, she postpones fulfilling her own dreams to help her family keep their house. And then Mason Keane takes up residence in their guest house for the summer, and Tegan has no time or patience for a spoiled celebrity pop star who is allegedly there to recover from all his sex-ing and drugs. But then she meets him, and he’s nothing like she expected. There’s something vulnerable about him, something that makes her think he’s hurting inside as much as she is. And the more time they spend together over the summer, the closer they become and the more Tegan begins to crave being near him. But she wonders what will happen at the end of the summer when Mason has to go back to the US. And when Tegan learns that her family’s livelihood is being threatened, can she trust Mason to help her?
Overall I liked this book. Tegan and Mason were such a cute couple, I was smiling through most of the book because they were just too damned cute together. And the plot line had a lot of potential, there were a couple things that personally I didn’t care for but overall I really liked the story. I don’t usually go for stories with flowery/sappy wording but in this story line it was definitely romantic and if that’s what you’re into then this is definitely a must read. Tegan and Mason are both songwriters so there are many poems/songs interspersed through the story. I also liked the back story that was inter-woven about Tegan’s ancestors and letters that Tegan had found in the attic. It was a tragic story but was a great piece to further engage the reader. For me there were pieces that dragged on a bit and alternatively I thought the ending went almost too quickly. There were also a couple holes in the story, like what was going on with Simon? And did Cale go to jail like he deserved? I’m guessing no. Other than those couple small things though this was a sweet love story. I would recommend, especially if you’re looking for writing with a lot of emotion/feeling.

The bottom line: This was a good book and it was definitely romantic. Lots of flowery language, if you like romantic/poetic language then this is definitely for you.

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